Leopard injures six as he enters an Indian school

WEB DESK: A male leopard which entered a school in the Indian city of Banglore on Sunday injured six people as they tried to capture it, BBC reported.

A scientist and forestry employee were among the injured, in the 10-hour long attempt to capture the animal.

The leopard, which strolled into the Vibgyor International school, was eventually tranquillised and released.

The leopard was seen strolling inside the school premises on a footage from a CCTV camera. It showed it attacking a man near a swimming pool.

Conservation scientist Sanjay Gubbi and forest department employee Benny Maurius were injured when they tried to corner the animal and tranquillise him, reports say.

“It was a long struggle to capture the leopard. Although it was injected with tranquillisers it could be captured only around 20.15 local time when the medication took full effect,” senior police official S Boralingaiah told reporters.

The leopard has been moved to a national park.

A recent wildlife census estimated that India has a leopard population of between 12,000 and 14,000.

Last year, a male leopard spent five hours with its head stuck in a metal pot in a village in northern Rajasthan.

Leopards and other big cats have been known to stray into populated areas, and conservationists have warned that such confrontations may increase as humans encroach on animal habitats.